19 October 2021
Deng Qingming, along with Li Qinglong, Wu Jie, Chen Quan, Zhao Chuandong and Pan Zhanchun, have dedicated over two decades of their life in regular training to ensure they would be ready at a moment's notice if the country called upon them, knowing their chances of taking part in a mission diminished every day as they aged. While most of them have since retired from active services and been transferred to support posts at the Astronaut Center of China, Deng Qingming has served as a backup space crew member for 23 years. He continues to stand ready at his post, available to join a mission at any time.
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